What will I learn?

Physical Geography examines the natural and physical systems of the Earth including the atmosphere, biosphere, cry sphere (ice and snow), hydrosphere (water) and lithosphere (land surface). Physical geographers also look at the connections between these systems, how they change over time, and the implications of these changes. Atmospheric science covers topics such as climate change, storms (including tornadoes), weather systems and other atmospheric phenomena. Biogeography is the study of the biosphere, and examines the geographic nature of plants, animals, and ecosystems. Hydrology is the study of the Earth’s water in its many forms including ice, snow, rivers, lakes, and groundwater. Lastly, geomorphology examines the nature of the Earth’s land surface features such as mountains and river.

Degree option:

  • Bachelor of Science in Physical Geography (Honours) Co-op – 4 years

Interesting courses:

  • Selected Issues: Severe Thunderstorms - Storm Chasing & Field Techniques
  • Selected Issues: Sea Ice in the Arctic Marine System
  • Introduction to Climate Change and Its Causes

A number of undergraduate students were awarded NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA), allowing them to participate in the 2010 Arctic cruise of Canada’s research icebreaker, the CCGS Amundsen (for some it was part of their Cooperative Education Option).

Professional opportunities:

  • Atmosphere & Hydrological Sciences
  • Geomatics
  • General Physical Geography
  • Arctic System Science (climate and environmental change)

Which department am I in?

Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
CAN $597.66 per credit hour.
Start date

17 January 2022


University of Manitoba

Fort Garry Campus,

400 UMSU University Centre,


Manitoba (MB),

R3T 2N2, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Other English language requirements accepted: TOEFL paper based score of 550; Achieve minimum scores of 4.5 in Reading, 4.5 in Listening, and 4.0 in Writing on the CanTEST (Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees); Achieve a minimum score of 6.5 based upon the Academic Module on the IELTS (International English Language Testing System); Achieve a minimum score of 80 on the MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery) offered by the University of Michigan; Achieve a minimum grade of C in the University of Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English.Achieve a score of 60 or more in the CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language Assessment); Achieve a minimum of 58% in the Pearson Test of English.Achieve a minimum of 65% in Level 5 of the direct entry English program (also known as Intensive Academic English Program orIAEP), as taught by the English Language Centre of the University of Manitoba.

For international students

Direct Entry (high school applicants) or Advanced Entry (post-secondary applicants).

English Language Requirements:

  • Internet-Based TOEFL: Overall score of 86 (20 in Reading, 20 in Writing, 20 in Listening, 20 in Speaking)
  • IELTS (Academic): 6.5 overall
  • Pearson Test of English: 58

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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